Jun 25, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
What are the actual differences and why should I care?
Trocks797 saidIt is wayyy too late for me to get involved, but let me try to help.
First, which network are you on? Assuming you are in the US, you can choose between Verizon and AT&T. While I am biased to Verizon (because I worked there), their network truly is more reliable. However, AT&T's 3G is, in theory, faster. Whether or not this is true comes down to how well they have backhauled their sites in your location.
Apple vs. Android. Wow. First off NO ANDROID will ever feel like the iPhone and the iPhone will never feel like an Android. They are two completely different beasts, and it is truly hard to compare them. They both accomplish the same tasks but there are stipulations to both that set them apart:
-iPhone will be more stable in general, with more polish
-Android products DO MORE than iPhones. (more in a sec)
-Android has access to Verizon's (truly astonishing) 4G LTE network
-iPhone will be more user friendly, and will always "just work"
One important note about Android. Get the beasts, do not get the discounted ones. You need phones such as the HTC Thunderbolt (VZW), Moto Atrix (AT&T), or EVO 3D (Sprint). Those are the models that are the fastest, most powerful. Regardless of which you choose (iPhone or Android), you will have (assuming you get one of the aforementioned high end Androids:
Front and rear facing cameras (Android are all 8MP, iP currently 5)
Lots of storage (HTC Thunderbolt leads the pack at 40 GB standard!)
High-quality finish and feel
Few leading points for android:
Openess....go to beemp3.com or any other MP3 download site and download any song just like you were on your computer at home. iPhone can only download music through iTunes.
Free Google Turn by Turn Navigation
Widget support (google if you dont know what that is)
All contacts are backed up to Google automatically.
....but the BIGGEST reason, and the SOLE reason I will always be on Android....
APP INTEGRATION! THIS IS HUGE! Every application on an Android phone can work with the others. Every sensor in your phone can be set to do something. You can replace the SMS app if you want. You can replace the keyboard. You can decide what color the LED flashes.
The best app is called Tasker. It allows you to make your phone do ANYTHING based on ANYTHING happening. For example:
-Auto high screen brightness on picture gallery opening
-Auto silent when plugged in and face down
-Auto vibrate at work
-Auto GPS on/off with maps & navigate
-Auto silent when near schools wifi
-Auto low earpiece volume when dad calls (louuuud voice)
-Sound-sensitive headphone volume (raises music volume when passing loud noises)
-Auto start & shuffle music when headphones inserted
-Three calls in a row from mom/dad will force ringer if in silent
-2 quick waves of the hand past the proximity sensor activates Grindr (hehe)
....the list goes on.....use your imagination
All that is possible because everything is working together in synergy. And none of that is possible on the iPhone.
Androids will always DO MORE for the reasons I listed above. For the iPhone, its just a computer with lots of seperate applications. And it does it damn well. Android is more of a complete mobile powerhouse that not only has apps, but has the ability to bend over backwards for you to customize it however you want. ROMS and skins are availible to completely change the look and feel of Android if you want. Ever notice how every iPhone looks the exact same? Same SMS app...same homescreens? Not on Android. Google "Thunderbolt ROMS'....the choices are endless.
I recommend the thunderbolt on VZW for a few reasons:
Simultaneous voice/surf on 3G and 4G (take that ATT! lol)
4G speeds (see below)
Incredible camera & pretty good front one
VZW's large 3G area
40 Gigs of space
Kickstand (Skype video conferencing is easier)
You didnt mention which network you are on, but you have GOT to see these VZW 4G speeds. 3G speeds are around 2 megs per second in my area. AT&T in most areas is UP TO 6 megs per second as I have seen on the geek forums. Now look at this....and this is no mistake man:
Yeah, almost 28 megs per second to your phone. I have seen as high as 49. I have never seen less than 15 megs per second, ever. Verizon has done its 4G network up so well it puts all the other ones to shame. My home internet is only 20 megs per second....
I must say, that does come at a cost of battery. I am lucky to see 9 hours per day.
You wont see anywhere near those speeds on any iPhone or any non-VZW 4G enabled smartphones, but if you are just checking facebook and RJ, 3G will be fine, regardless of which network or phone you choose. Although I cant help try to steer you away from AT&T, they are continuously ranked the network with the lowest user satisfaction rate. It may be great in your area, but as a whole, it lacks.
If you want, I can go into network details for each AT&T and Verizon and explain why Verizon drops less calls etc (comes down to the CDMA technology), but for now, I hope I have helped, and I am sorry for getting off on this rant. Cell phones are my speciality. If you have any questions for me, PM me.
PS. All networks give you at least 14 days to test out the network and phone....try em both!!
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squash4dave saidMetro PCS also has 4G available. I don't know how it compares to Verizon, but I've read that it is pretty good. Also, you can get an unlocked Thunderbolt through Amazon for something like around $170.00, so it should be usable on Metro. Their monthly fee is $50 or $60, depending on your plan, but you get unlimited calling and texting. There is no contract and the fee includes taxes. The only extra fee is if you pay your bill through your phone ($3), or online (no charge). I have several friends who use them, and are happy with their service, but they do not have 4G, yet. So, this is another option to consider.
alastiar saidSymbian, not as pretty as the other two but its so much more solid. Give Android a couple of years to catch up. The fact Android releasing new software update everything 4 5 months proof its unstable and buggies, have to many to fixed and added